History UsefulNotes / JapanesePoliticalSystem

6th Sep '17 2:35:29 PM rjd1922
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How Japan is run in real life. This isn't too relevant to {{Anime}}- there appears not to be a Japanese GovernmentProcedural or even much reference to the system itself, although a Japanese version of ''Series/TheWestWing'' (or perhaps ''Series/YesMinister'', considering that the politician/bureaucrat dynamic in Japan is pretty much the same as in Britain, turned UpToEleven) done anime style would probably be MadeOfWin (there actually is at least one manga - KajiRyuusukeNoGi - that deals with one young politician's journey to power, though it'll probably never be released outside Japan).

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How Japan is run in real life. This isn't too relevant to {{Anime}}- there appears not to be a Japanese GovernmentProcedural or even much reference to the system itself, although a Japanese version of ''Series/TheWestWing'' (or perhaps ''Series/YesMinister'', considering that the politician/bureaucrat dynamic in Japan is pretty much the same as in Britain, turned UpToEleven) done anime style would probably be MadeOfWin (there actually is at least one manga - KajiRyuusukeNoGi ''[[Manga/KajiRyuusukeNoGi Kaji Ryuusuke no Gi]]'' (Ryuusuke Kaji's Agenda) - that deals with one young politician's journey to power, though it'll probably never be released outside Japan).
10th Aug '17 7:57:42 AM SeptimusHeap
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Relevant to Wiki/TVTropes, this answers a question or two a reader may have had - "Hey, why do so many entertainment companies in Japan these days focus so much on "kiddie" entertainment that works for adults, too? Or why is so much anime made for {{otaku}} in the style of the cartoons they used to like, when a fair amount of anime ''was'' made for kids back then?" Well, the answer is simple: ''there are practically more otaku than kids nowadays''. Anime has taken [[{{Moe}} different]] [[{{Lolicon}} bents]] in the past decade or so because the kids who grew up have a lot more buying power, and because ''the number of new kids to sell products to has been going down constantly''. Many companies are abandoning children's programming altogether or "diversifying" their products (see: Nintendo's "for everyone" approach with the [[UsefulNotes/NintendoDS DS]] and [[UsefulNotes/NintendoWii Wii]]) simply because the money isn't there in the kid market anymore, and it doesn't look like it will be there any time soon. This isn't to say that ''everyone'' has abandoned the market - ''Magazine/ShonenJump'' and whatnot still exist, after all - but the kids market is getting ever-smaller and the entertainment products of Japan have been changing to reflect that. (And even SJ, for example, has seen a readership decline over the past two decades simply due to, well, a lack of available shonen.)

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Relevant to Wiki/TVTropes, this answers a question or two a reader may have had - "Hey, why do so many entertainment companies in Japan these days focus so much on "kiddie" entertainment that works for adults, too? Or why is so much anime made for {{otaku}} in the style of the cartoons they used to like, when a fair amount of anime ''was'' made for kids back then?" Well, the answer is simple: ''there are practically more otaku than kids nowadays''. Anime has taken [[{{Moe}} different]] [[{{Lolicon}} [[LoliconAndShotacon bents]] in the past decade or so because the kids who grew up have a lot more buying power, and because ''the number of new kids to sell products to has been going down constantly''. Many companies are abandoning children's programming altogether or "diversifying" their products (see: Nintendo's "for everyone" approach with the [[UsefulNotes/NintendoDS DS]] and [[UsefulNotes/NintendoWii Wii]]) simply because the money isn't there in the kid market anymore, and it doesn't look like it will be there any time soon. This isn't to say that ''everyone'' has abandoned the market - ''Magazine/ShonenJump'' and whatnot still exist, after all - but the kids market is getting ever-smaller and the entertainment products of Japan have been changing to reflect that. (And even SJ, for example, has seen a readership decline over the past two decades simply due to, well, a lack of available shonen.)
1st Jul '17 4:50:46 PM nombretomado
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* There are a few third parties worthy of note, though none of them have the influence of the LDP or DPJ (many thanks to TheOtherWiki for the info):

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* There are a few third parties worthy of note, though none of them have the influence of the LDP or DPJ (many thanks to TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki for the info):
3rd Jun '17 9:38:31 AM nombretomado
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Relevant to TVTropes, this answers a question or two a reader may have had - "Hey, why do so many entertainment companies in Japan these days focus so much on "kiddie" entertainment that works for adults, too? Or why is so much anime made for {{otaku}} in the style of the cartoons they used to like, when a fair amount of anime ''was'' made for kids back then?" Well, the answer is simple: ''there are practically more otaku than kids nowadays''. Anime has taken [[{{Moe}} different]] [[{{Lolicon}} bents]] in the past decade or so because the kids who grew up have a lot more buying power, and because ''the number of new kids to sell products to has been going down constantly''. Many companies are abandoning children's programming altogether or "diversifying" their products (see: Nintendo's "for everyone" approach with the [[UsefulNotes/NintendoDS DS]] and [[UsefulNotes/NintendoWii Wii]]) simply because the money isn't there in the kid market anymore, and it doesn't look like it will be there any time soon. This isn't to say that ''everyone'' has abandoned the market - ''Magazine/ShonenJump'' and whatnot still exist, after all - but the kids market is getting ever-smaller and the entertainment products of Japan have been changing to reflect that. (And even SJ, for example, has seen a readership decline over the past two decades simply due to, well, a lack of available shonen.)

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Relevant to TVTropes, Wiki/TVTropes, this answers a question or two a reader may have had - "Hey, why do so many entertainment companies in Japan these days focus so much on "kiddie" entertainment that works for adults, too? Or why is so much anime made for {{otaku}} in the style of the cartoons they used to like, when a fair amount of anime ''was'' made for kids back then?" Well, the answer is simple: ''there are practically more otaku than kids nowadays''. Anime has taken [[{{Moe}} different]] [[{{Lolicon}} bents]] in the past decade or so because the kids who grew up have a lot more buying power, and because ''the number of new kids to sell products to has been going down constantly''. Many companies are abandoning children's programming altogether or "diversifying" their products (see: Nintendo's "for everyone" approach with the [[UsefulNotes/NintendoDS DS]] and [[UsefulNotes/NintendoWii Wii]]) simply because the money isn't there in the kid market anymore, and it doesn't look like it will be there any time soon. This isn't to say that ''everyone'' has abandoned the market - ''Magazine/ShonenJump'' and whatnot still exist, after all - but the kids market is getting ever-smaller and the entertainment products of Japan have been changing to reflect that. (And even SJ, for example, has seen a readership decline over the past two decades simply due to, well, a lack of available shonen.)
20th Feb '17 4:22:04 PM Lukethehedgehog
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* The '''Liberal-Democratic Party''' ('''LDP'''): Actually quite conservative[[note]]This is not actually a NonIndicativeName. The reason they are referred to as "Liberal" is because they are using a different definition of "Liberal". Whereas Americans use the term "Liberal" to refer to a school of thought originally referred to as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_liberalism social liberalism]] that branched off of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_liberalism classical liberalism]] during the Great Depression, which was eventually shortened to just "liberalism", whereas the LDP follows [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal_conservatism liberal conservatism]], which, as you can probably tell by the name, was shortened to just "conservatism" in the US[[/note]]. Comparable to the British Tories and American Republicans. Places an emphasis on free market (neoliberal) capitalism and traditional social mores. Most prime ministers after UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo came from the LDP - it led the country from its foundation in 1955 (through the merger of the Liberal and Japan Democratic parties), until it lost its first election in ''1993'' (but ended up back in power in 1994 after the opposition coalition collapsed, forming a coalition government with their ArchNemesis the Socialists). For this reason, some people call Japan a "One-and-a-half Party State". The LDP lost by a spectacular landslide in 2009, but returned by another spectacular landslide in 2012.

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* The '''Liberal-Democratic Party''' ('''LDP'''): Actually quite conservative[[note]]This is not actually a NonIndicativeName. The reason they are referred to as "Liberal" "liberal" is because they are using a different definition of "Liberal". the term. Whereas Americans use the term "Liberal" "liberal" to refer to a school of thought originally referred to as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_liberalism social liberalism]] that branched off of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_liberalism classical liberalism]] during the Great Depression, which was eventually shortened to just "liberalism", whereas the LDP follows [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal_conservatism liberal conservatism]], which, as you can probably tell by the name, was shortened to just "conservatism" in the US[[/note]]. Comparable to the British Tories and American Republicans. Places an emphasis on free market (neoliberal) capitalism and traditional social mores. Most prime ministers after UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo came from the LDP - it led the country from its foundation in 1955 (through the merger of the Liberal and Japan Democratic parties), until it lost its first election in ''1993'' (but ended up back in power in 1994 after the opposition coalition collapsed, forming a coalition government with their ArchNemesis the Socialists). For this reason, some people call Japan a "One-and-a-half Party State". The LDP lost by a spectacular landslide in 2009, but returned by another spectacular landslide in 2012.
20th Feb '17 4:20:44 PM Lukethehedgehog
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* The '''Liberal-Democratic Party''' ('''LDP'''): Actually quite conservative. Comparable to the British Tories and American Republicans. Places an emphasis on capitalism and traditional social mores. Most prime ministers after UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo came from the LDP - it led the country from its foundation in 1955 (through the merger of the Liberal and Japan Democratic parties), until it lost its first election in ''1993'' (but ended up back in power in 1994 after the opposition coalition collapsed, forming a coalition government with their ArchNemesis the Socialists). For this reason, some people call Japan a "One-and-a-half Party State". The LDP lost by a spectacular landslide in 2009, but returned by another spectacular landslide in 2012.

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* The '''Liberal-Democratic Party''' ('''LDP'''): Actually quite conservative.conservative[[note]]This is not actually a NonIndicativeName. The reason they are referred to as "Liberal" is because they are using a different definition of "Liberal". Whereas Americans use the term "Liberal" to refer to a school of thought originally referred to as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_liberalism social liberalism]] that branched off of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_liberalism classical liberalism]] during the Great Depression, which was eventually shortened to just "liberalism", whereas the LDP follows [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal_conservatism liberal conservatism]], which, as you can probably tell by the name, was shortened to just "conservatism" in the US[[/note]]. Comparable to the British Tories and American Republicans. Places an emphasis on free market (neoliberal) capitalism and traditional social mores. Most prime ministers after UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo came from the LDP - it led the country from its foundation in 1955 (through the merger of the Liberal and Japan Democratic parties), until it lost its first election in ''1993'' (but ended up back in power in 1994 after the opposition coalition collapsed, forming a coalition government with their ArchNemesis the Socialists). For this reason, some people call Japan a "One-and-a-half Party State". The LDP lost by a spectacular landslide in 2009, but returned by another spectacular landslide in 2012.



** Social Democratic Party: The LDP's chief rivals up until the the mid-'90s, though they've dwindled since then. Moderately socialist, similar to Britain's pre-Blair Labour Party.

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** Social Democratic Party: The LDP's chief rivals up until the the mid-'90s, though they've dwindled since then. Moderately socialist, Advocates for social democratic policies, similar to Britain's pre-Blair Labour Party.
30th Oct '15 11:50:24 AM Josef5678
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The causes are widely debated - independent women not wanting the burden of a family, Japanese men [[{{Salaryman}} being overworked and not very attractive mates]], social pressures to not have many children, some combination thereof, something else, [[note]]''TheEconomist'' posits that it could be moral conservatism: married Japanese women tend to have about as many children as European ones, but the Japanese still see marriage--which has all manner of conditions in Japanese society--as a necessary step for having children, while Europeans don't. As a result, fewer Japanese women end up marrying, and so fewer have children[[/note]] there's no obvious answer. But the result is clear: deaths outnumber births, and even with a larger overall population compared to several decades ago, there are fewer and fewer children in Japan. The current median age of the Japanese population is *45*.

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The causes are widely debated - independent women not wanting the burden of a family, Japanese men [[{{Salaryman}} being overworked and not very attractive mates]], social pressures to not have many children, some combination thereof, something else, [[note]]''TheEconomist'' [[note]]''Magazine/TheEconomist'' posits that it could be moral conservatism: married Japanese women tend to have about as many children as European ones, but the Japanese still see marriage--which has all manner of conditions in Japanese society--as a necessary step for having children, while Europeans don't. As a result, fewer Japanese women end up marrying, and so fewer have children[[/note]] there's no obvious answer. But the result is clear: deaths outnumber births, and even with a larger overall population compared to several decades ago, there are fewer and fewer children in Japan. The current median age of the Japanese population is *45*.
6th Sep '15 6:57:19 PM nombretomado
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Back in TheEighties, Japan's economy [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld was the most dynamic in the world]]. Companies were making money, high-quality Japanese products flooded the world (and humiliated [[UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} the Big Three]]), Japanese investors were buying up gigantic swaths of real estate in Japan and pretty much everywhere else. It was a great time for Japan; their influence was booming; every high-flying business student took Japanese (the stereotype of Japanese as the language of choice for [[OccidentalOtaku adolescent Japanophiles]] didn't come until ''much'' later); the JapaneseTourist became a StockCharacter; and dystopias (''Film/BladeRunner'' and ''{{Neuromancer}}'' are classic examples) typically presented a thoroughly Japonized future. There was serious talk about breaking away from the US and the West and Japan leading the world anew. The entire world was open for Japan. And then...

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Back in TheEighties, Japan's economy [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld was the most dynamic in the world]]. Companies were making money, high-quality Japanese products flooded the world (and humiliated [[UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} the Big Three]]), Japanese investors were buying up gigantic swaths of real estate in Japan and pretty much everywhere else. It was a great time for Japan; their influence was booming; every high-flying business student took Japanese (the stereotype of Japanese as the language of choice for [[OccidentalOtaku adolescent Japanophiles]] didn't come until ''much'' later); the JapaneseTourist became a StockCharacter; and dystopias (''Film/BladeRunner'' and ''{{Neuromancer}}'' ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'' are classic examples) typically presented a thoroughly Japonized future. There was serious talk about breaking away from the US and the West and Japan leading the world anew. The entire world was open for Japan. And then...
15th Jul '15 1:38:24 PM Sedirex
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The current prime minister is Shinzo Abe of the LDP.

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The current prime minister is Shinzo Abe Abe[[note]]pronounced "Ah-Beh," not like the Western name that's short for Abraham[[/note]] of the LDP.
30th Jun '15 9:19:56 AM nombretomado
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!!!''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined If we are going to survive as a nation, we need to start making babies!]]''

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!!!''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined !!!''[[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 If we are going to survive as a nation, we need to start making babies!]]''
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